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Last respects for Senator Ping Duenas

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LAST respects for former Senator Jose “Ping” Andres Ramirez Duenas will be held tomorrow at the Santa Barbara Catholic Church in Dededo beginning with a viewing from 9 a.m. to noon followed by a mass at 1 p.m. Before his passing, Duenas told his family that he did not desire to have a state funeral.

Respecting his wishes, family members informed Speaker Judi Won Pat’s office of the late senator’s decision. Duenas will be interred at the Guam Memorial Park in Leyan, Barrigada immediately following the mass.

Born Oct. 17, 1930, Duenas, 78, passed away early Monday morning, Aug. 31, on a plane that was transporting him to Anaheim, CA for medical treatment.

Duenas was a patient at the Guam Memorial Hospital for a week before he was transported off-island.

An hour before the plane was to land, Duenas suffered a heart attack. He was accompanied by his wife Ling, son Tommy and brother Dr. Vicente Duenas, according to Variety files.

Duenas was the running mate of Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo’s bid for governor in 1990. Duenas was also the treasurer of Sen. Frank Aguon Jr.’s political campaigns.

Duenas was a charter member of the Government of Guam Employees Federal Credit Union. In 1962, Duenas and 18 other government of Guam employees deposited $250 in assets. The GGEFCU has since experienced major growth and has increased its assets substantially.

Duenas dedicated 28 years of his life and energy as a public servant. At one time, he held the position as chief accountant and auditor for the Department of Administation, was the board chairman of the Guam Housing Corporation; was vice president of financial affairs at the University of Guam; and served as a senator in the Guam Legislature from 1971 to 1978.

Duenas is survived by his wife, Rosario Perez Duenas; sons Joseph, Daniel, Anthony and Thomas; and daughters Gerardlyn, Carina, Marcella and Julienne, and numerous grand children and great grand children.
 


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